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Wood&Steel

Our in-house magazine brings you all the latest from Taylor

Volume 90 Winter 2018

FEATURES

Cover Story: Taylor V-Class Bracing - Andy Powers continues Taylor's quest to give players a more rewarding guitar experience with a stunning evolution beyond traditional X-bracing. We reveal the creative process that fueled Andy's new acoustic "engine," and explain why V-Class bracing marks a watershed moment in steel-string acoustic guitar design.

The Birth of Builder's Edition - To celebrate the launch of V-Class bracing, Andy designed a next-level concept guitar that boasts an array of new player-friendly features, including our most comfortable cutaway ever.

A Guide to the 2018 Taylor Guitar Line - Enjoy a scenic tour of our latest guitar collection, including a closer look at the wood pairings and aesthetic details that distinguish each Taylor series.

COLUMNS

Kurt's Corner - Kurt reflects on the significance of Andy's new bracing design and why it fits perfectly into Taylor's heritage of innovation.

Bobspeak - What do Andy's latest guitar designs have in common with our ebony forestry work in Cameroon? A problem-solving creative spirit.

The Craft - Andy offers a note of gratitude for the wellspring of collective knowledge that informed his development of V-Class bracing.

DEPARTMENTS

Ask Bob - The tonal nuances of layered woods, compensated nuts, unpolishing a neck, and fret size.

Sustainability - Director of Natural Resource Sustainability Scott Paul reports on our efforts to amend CITES rosewood regulations and a new public-private partnership agreement with the government of Cameroon to support the replanting of ebony.

What is Wood&Steel?

Wood&Steel began as a desire of Taylor co-founders Bob Taylor and Kurt Listug to create an informative communication channel between the company and the people who buy our guitars. Since its summer 1994 debut, our quarterly “owners newsletter” has evolved from its grassroots beginnings into a robust publication that covers all things Taylor, taking readers inside the Taylor factory for the inside scoop on our latest guitar developments and out into the world to connect with Taylor players, dealers and others who make up the vibrant, extended Taylor community. From stories about sourcing wood to guitar care tips to Q&A’s with Bob, we strive to share our passion for making and playing great guitars and to chronicle yours.

How to Get Wood&Steel

Wood&Steel is direct-mailed (free of charge) only to Taylor owners in the U.S. and Canada (if you are a Taylor owner in either country and are not receiving Wood&Steel, see our Owner Registration page). Free copies also are available at authorized Taylor dealers around the world, and each issue is viewable online. There is no paid subscription service.